An Ohio man is in federal custody for allegedly threatening mass murder at a Las Vegas casino and a church.
Wei Li, 28, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, allegedly sent his estranged wife a series of texts threatening to carry out a massacre of “historic” proportions.
Li’s wife reported the texts to the Las Vegas police department, which notified both the Cuyahoga Falls police and the FBI.
The Cleveland Division of the FBI said Li texted these threats to his wife between Nov. 6–9, according to Fox News.
Li was arrested on Nov. 10 and was booked into Summit County Jail on $500,000 bail. He faces charges including interstate threatening communications and destruction of evidence.
According to court documents accessed by Cleveland.com, Li told his wife he would come to the Las Vegas hotel and casino where she worked and carry out a mass shooting. In another text, he told his wife he was going to shoot up the church they had attended.
“There are 1,000 people in our church,” Li texted his wife, according to Cleveland.com. “I will make the biggest in history.”
He also sent his wife photographs of himself holding guns and knives along with a list of Las Vegas casinos. He texted her that if he didn’t get his green card, he would kill her.
According to the court records, Li also told his wife that he had visited the casino where she worked, to see if he could get in while armed.
“No one checked me,” he’d told her.
When FBI and Cuyahoga Falls police arrested Li at his home, he admitted sending “bad” texts. He turned over his phone but had deleted the threatening texts. According to Fox News, the FBI was able to recover them.
Li said he was having family problems and was not serious about carrying out his threats.
He had no guns at his home. Police did find knives that looked like the knives he used in the videos.
Li’s threats drew a swift response after the last two mass murders which have rocked the nation, one of which was in Las Vegas.
Li’s threats to kill shoot up a Las Vegas casino evoke the deadly attack on a country music concert on Oct. 1, 2017. In that incident a gunman unleashed a hail of bullets on a crowd of concert-goers below, killing 58 and wounding hundreds more.
Li’s threats about a mass shooting in a church come after the murder of 26 worshippers at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5.
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